Antonia Perricone

For Antonia Perricone, there is inherent memory in mark-making. Her art practice cycles through ideas of connection, liberation and identity upon the painted surface through a myriad of layered emotional and cultural ideas. The repetition of mark-making instills a ritualistic search for order and disorder from which her paintings become testaments of evidential labour and the complex legacy of the need to work hard ingrained from her Sicilian family who immigrated to Australia post the collapse of their hometown, Poggioreale.

It’s a cycle of recollection that refines her creative output, providing it with depth and intention. In this way, the work becomes a palimpsest of personal experience and growth. This mode of communication is instinctive for the artist and invites the viewer to connect with her work and reflect on their own experiences. Marks built and removed by memory, expressive and layered records that trace the line of the emotional landscape and the distorted truth of reminiscence.

After graduating from Sydney College of the Arts in 2018 with first class honours, Perricone has steadily risen in prominence within the art world. Notably, her work was featured in Amber Creswell Bell’s book Australian Abstract in 2023. A finalist of both the Paddington Art Prize and the Waverley Art Prize in 2021 and 2022. In 2019, Perricone undertook a significant performance-based painting installation at Sydney Contemporary. Her artistic endeavours have garnered widespread recognition, with her work being prominently collected in public and private collections throughout Australia and internationally.

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